Ever since I had the chance to study and get to know one of the renowned modernist Architect, Ludwig Mies Van der Rohe, I had been dreaming to see many of his standing works. The past summer I got to visit Barcelona for the second time and this time I made it a mandatory trip to the Barcelona Pavilion. Excitement in my skins and bones as I entered the site to experience and view one of the famous construction Mies Van der Rohe had worked on. Slowly as I strolled around, I was in awe of how fluid and simplistic the spaces were. To see his philosophy in its physical form is so inspiring.
The Pavilion was originally built in 1928 during the International Exhibition as the German National Pavilion; formed "the clarity, simplicity and honesty" that portrayed Germany at the time. However, it was then demolished once the Exposition was over. The standing Pavilion today is actually a reconstruction from the 50's when Mies was more recognized and the modern movement was in evolution. He completed the reconstruction of the Pavilion located by the Palau National in Barcelona in 1986.
Glass, stones and steel were the primary materials that ware laid out as it was in the original form with the same characteristics. Marbles were bookmarked, the roman travertine wall kept horizontal which elongated the space deeply and the still water gave a mirrored reflection of the geometric Pavilion. As I stood posing Mies' famous stance to be captured in photo by a French Architecture student who was also greatly fascinated of the site; I viewed the contemporary bronze sculpture of a lady that gave life reflecting on the surrounding water, and shadowed appearances throughout the day when the sun was high.
After numerously promenading around with dozens of photos captured, I found myself at the corner committing myself not to make any purchases. I lied and almost bought myself the entire gift shop. I just wanted to take home something that I can look back to my overall trip. I'm reminded that less is having to seeing more beauty in everything.